Lost Civilization is a hidden-item game that asks the question, “Who are we and where do we come from?” Archaeologist Suzanne Kheer’s fiance Michael (also an archaeologist) has just stumbled upon a decades-old secret on his latest dig that was last discovered by Nazi forces during World War II. This treasure isn’t any ordinary ‘pot of gold’, but something that could be turned into a very powerful weapon in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, news of this discovery spread to some very desperate people who respond by kidnapping Michael in an effort to get their hands on this powerful treasure.
Meet Malachi Rector, antiquities dealer and appraiser of artifacts. He’s very good at what he does and owns a successful upscale antiques shop in Manhattan. His newest client is one Amble Dexter, director of a secretive government agency known as FITA (Future Intelligence Technology Agency). Malachi decides to see what a man of Dexter’s station wants with his specific set of skills. As it turns out, FITA is interested in figuring out similarities between a recently murdered woman in Venice and any prominent historical figures. When Malachi presses him on why, Dexter is not very forthcoming with an explanation.
The Last Door: Collector’s Edition brings the dark horror and suspense found in the works of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, works which serve as The Game Kitchen’s main inspiration for their unique point-and-click adventure game.
Quest For Infamy is a love letter to the RPG/Adventure Game of old, similar to Sierra’s Quest For Glory series. Keeping in line with tradition, the game runs at 320×240, but forthose of you who like to play on big screens with higher resolutions, added several graphical options which should be more up your alley have also been added.
Every game big or small starts as an idea, a thought process that’s rooted in what you’d love to see in a game. These can range from small changes to an already existing formula or series, a completely new idea, or a twist on an existing one.Quest for Infamy definitely falls into the latter.
The Kickstarter for Pinkerton Road, and eventually Moebius, ran from April 4, 2012 through May 19, 2012. In the beginning, there wasn’t any specific game being pitched: there were three possible projects that backers could vote on. One was a Jane Austen-style game called Anglophile Adventure, the second was a sequel to Grey Matter, and finally, there was Moebius. Pitching it as a spiritual successor to Gabriel Knight might have been what pushed it through, as in the end, Moebius beat out the others by a large margin, with 61% of the total votes!
Original Kickstarter pitch video
We want to take a moment to send a huge THANK YOU to our community–you voted Cognition for an amazing SIX Reader’s Choice 2013 Aggie Awards! Including the top honor of Best Adventure Game of 2013! You can read more about the awards over at the Phoenix Online Studios tumblr.
We are incredibly touched by your support and honored by this. 2013 had a lot of strong adventure games, and it’s a thrill to be recognized like this by the adventure gamers out there.
We’ve been seeing some great coverage and a lot of excitement about Phoenix Online Publishing! Thanks everyone for your support so far, we can’t wait to start showing you more about these games as we get closer to release. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more updates!
For now, here are some of the stories we’ve seen so far covering the announcement:
Today we are extremely excited to announce the opening of Phoenix Online Publishing™, our new indie publishing division! Phoenix Online Publishing will be dedicated to bringing indie titles featuring rich storytelling and atmosphere in every genre from role-playing to strategy and adventure to market via major digital and retail distribution platforms worldwide.
To lead the charge, we’ve got four games in our publishing line-up, including legendary game designer Jane Jensen’s Moebius: Empire Rising™, indie role-playing smash Quest for Infamy™, and international breakout hit The Last Door: Collector’s Edition™, coming through a variety of online channels, including PC, Mac, iOS and Android!
Scott Steinberg, who recently joined us at Phoenix Online Studios, will also be the general manager of the new publishing division, and is very excited about the new endeavor: “Every game, and game developer, has a story waiting to be told… stories which it’s our distinct pleasure to help creators tell by partnering with leading indies to successfully launch games across all genres and platforms globally. By shining the spotlight on independent game developers, and providing the full range of business management, marketing, and promotions services they need to support their creative vision, we’re proud to provide studios a lasting foundation for success, and bring players the deeper, richer, and more engaging game experiences that they crave.”
Designed by indie game developers for indie game developers, Phoenix Online Publishing’s launch lineup includes the following titles, which will be available for viewing at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this March:
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Moebius: Empire Rising is the first in an all-new series of paranormal mystery adventures from award-winning game designer Jane Jensen, creator of the bestselling Gabriel Knight® series and Gray Matter™. Players will step into the shoes of Malachi Rector, a brilliant antiques dealer and historian whose photographic memory and eye for deduction transforms locations and clues into interactive puzzle pieces and historical patterns to put together. By bringing shocking insights and evidence together, players will learn a startling truth about space and time in this metaphysical thriller: Our actions are but a single thread in a larger pattern of life and history, and it’s up to you to stop others from pulling their strings.
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Return to the glory days of role-playing and adventure in Quest for Infamy, a humor-filled fantasy epic styled in the vein of classic PC RPGs, where you play the charming villain. Blending turn-based combat and spell-casting with puzzle solving and adventure, players can choose from three character classes—brigand (strength), rogue (stealth), or sorcerer (magic), each with unique storylines and adventures—in one of the largest retro role-playing experiences ever. Adventurers are invited to explore a world of hand-drawn wonder, as they wind their way through trap-infested dungeons, battle slavering beasts with swords or custom-made spells, and lie, cheat and steal their way to infamy.
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
You’ve never truly felt what it’s like to be alone in the dark until you’ve played The Last Door: Collector’s Edition, a low-res, high-suspense horror adventure that’s won multiple Best Games of the Year awards, which Penny Arcade calls “a love letter to H.P. Lovecraft.” The Last Door: Collector’s Edition features exclusive new scenes and puzzles, enhanced graphics, unlockable bonuses, and remastered sound in a special must-see edition of the popular point-and-click adventure. Exploring ancient manors, decaying tenements and twisting underground warrens with lamp and magnifying glass, four terrifying episodes of occult and otherworldly horror invite you to investigate Victorian England’s deepest, darkest secrets. A critically-acclaimed “must-play” enjoyed by over one million people worldwide, discover why 148Apps calls this “a series not to miss out on” – and how The Last Door: Collector’s Edition brings its horrifying secrets screaming back to life.
Platorms: PC, iOS, Android
In Lost Civilization, race to unearth the mystery of a forgotten civilization and rescue your kidnapped fiancé in an atmospheric adventure, suitable for beginners and diehards alike, featuring a haunting blend of puzzle-solving and investigation. As amateur archaeologist Suzanne, journey from the dark corners of Prague to the forgotten chapters of Mayan civilization as you solve clever puzzles and unravel ancient secrets that could lead to proof that alien life exists on Earth. Featuring over 70 richly-detailed and animated scenes, haunting sound effects, and a refreshing variety of challenges ranging from clever brainteasers to eye-catching interactive mini-games, the fate of the world rests in your hands.
Return to the glory days of classic role-playing and adventure with this humor-filled fantasy epic, styled in the vein of classic PC RPGs, where instead of a brave hero, you play the charming villain. Players can choose from three character classes—brigand (strength), rogue (stealth), or sorcerer (magic), each with unique storylines and adventures—in one of the largest retro role-playing experiences ever.
Blending familiar aspects such as turn-based combat and spell casting along with puzzles to solve and epic adventures, this game can be considered a spiritual heir to yesteryear’s heroic quests and gaming campaigns. Adventurers are invited to explore a world of hand-drawn wonder as they wind their way through trap-infested dungeons and battle slavering beasts with swords or custom-made spells while relieving unsuspecting townsfolk of their treasure.
Featuring dozens of NPCs, customizable skills, and caravans’ worth of loot to hijack, you’re invited to slice, steal, and fast-talk your way to infamy. Being bad has never felt so good!
- Humorous retro fantasy RPG packed with adventure, puzzles, combat and spellcasting
- Play as one of three anti-heroes with unique quests: Brigand, Rogue or Sorcerer
- Use swords, spells or wits to blaze a path to victory: Styles vary with every play
- Hand-drawn world seamlessly blends role-playing and adventure
- Over 50 NPCs and 200 rooms to explore and interact with
- Customize your own spells, skills and adventures
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